Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer and performer. She created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-violent contexts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her chapbook, After, came out on YesYes Books fall of 2015.
Robert Campbell’s poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He holds an M.S. in Library Science and is currently an M.F.A. student at Murray State University. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he serves as Reference & Instruction Librarian at Transylvania University and Reviews Editor for DiALOGIST, an online journal of poetry and art. To read more, visit robertjcampbell.org.
T.S. Dillon lives on a small cattle farm in North Alabama with his wife and two daughters where he works to provide transitional housing for homeless people in rural areas. He is completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. This is his first publication.
Stephanie McCarley Dugger’s chapbook, Sterling (Paper Nautilus, 2015), was co-winner of the 2014 Vella Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Cider Press Review, Gulf Stream, Meridian, The Southeast Review, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, and other journals. She is an assistant professor at Austin Peay State University, where she teaches writing and literature, and is Associate Managing Editor for Zone 3 Press.
Cody Ernst’s poems are appearing in Best New Poets, Bat City Review, Devil’s Lake, and elsewhere. He is an instructor at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and serves as a poetry editor of The Adroit Journal. See more here.
Ivan Forde lives in Harlem, New York, and works in photography, collage, performance, and installation. His work has received first place in fine art collage at the Lucie Foundation 2012 international photography awards and was also included in the “Best in Show Exhibition” in Los Angeles California curated by Shelly de Soto. In 2013, Ivan received awards and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. Ivan participated in LookBetween 2014, Harlem Postcards 2014 curated by Hallie Ringle, and was a 2014-15 key holder residency program participant at the Lower East Side Printshop. Ivan has exhibited in group exhibitions at Columbia University, the DC Arts Center, Thomas Heath Gallery, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Lower East Side Printshop, and a solo exhibition in collaboration with United Photo Industries as a part of the 2013 Dumbo arts festival. Ivan also works as a teaching artist, exploring the synthesis of photography, performance, and new media platforms to incite new creative and interactive responses to literature. Ivan graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in Literature.
Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (2015) and The Insomniac’s Weather Report (2014). Recipient of the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal, she’s had work in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. Her work was recently made into a short film by Motionpoems. She lives in Japan.
Joanna Howard is the author of Foreign Correspondent (Counterpath, 2013), On the Winding Stair (Boa editions, 2009), and In the Colorless Round, (Noemi, 2006). Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Verse, Bomb, Chicago Review, Brooklyn Rail, Unsaid, Quarterly West, American Letters & Commentary, Fourteen Hills, Western Humanities Review, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky and elsewhere. She has also co-translated Walls by Marcel Cohen (Black Square, 2009) and also co-translated Cows by Frederic Boyer (Noemi, 2014).
Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she coaches individuals and groups towards building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry 2014, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review, and is forthcoming in Southampton Poetry Review. Her first full-length collection, wine for a shotgun, was published by EM Press.
Donika Ross Kelly is the author of Bestiary, selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, forthcoming from Graywolf Press. She is a Cave Canem graduate, she holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the Unviersity of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, she received a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Hayden’s Ferry Review, West Branch, and Cincinnati Review.
Calgary Martin is originally from Washington State, but spent her formative years in Brooklyn. She currently lives in Illinois, and holds an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her poems are forthcoming or appear in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Salamander, Barn Owl Review, Barrow Street, and elsewhere.
Lucian Mattison’s full-length collection, Peregrine Nation, won the 2014 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize from Broadkill River Press. His poems recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Everyday Genius, Hobart, Muzzle, and elsewhere online and in print. His fiction is soon to appear in Fiddleback and Per Contra. He is an associate editor for Big Lucks. To read more, visit lucianmattison.com.
Emily Vizzo’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in FIELD, jubilat, The Journal, The Normal School, Blackbird, and North American Review, and her work has also been featured in Best New Poets 2015 and Best American Essays 2013. She has served as an Associate Managing Editor for Drunken Boat and volunteers with VIDA, Poetry International, and Hunger Mountain. She earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches yoga at the University of San Diego and creative writing and journalism at UC-San Diego.
Danielle Weeks is a poetry candidate at Eastern Washington University’s MFA program. She is the poetry editor for Willow Springs and also works for the literary press Willow Springs Books. Her work has been published in Cobalt Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Storm Cellar, among others.
Dawn Wing is a cartoonist and media librarian from Queens, NY. You can find more of her comics at http://dwingcomics.tumblr.com.
Ross Wilcox is currently an English PhD student at the University of North Texas. His work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Pembroke Magazine, H.O.W. Journal, and is forthcoming in Harpur Palate. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and two cats.
Wendy Wisner is a writer and lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is the author of two books of poems (CW Books), and her writing has appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, Prairie Schooner, Literary Mama, Brain, Child Magazine, Spoon River Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Full Grown People, Minnesota Review, and Verse Daily. Find Wendy here.